Parade taken in by both young and old

July 04, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - People waved flags from the sidewalk, front porches, backs of pickup trucks and a roof as Waynesboro's annual Fourth of July parade wound its way through town Saturday morning.

Residents stood and sat in front of stately homes, row houses and businesses along Waynesboro's Main Street to watch local groups perform.

Waynesboro Fire Department trucks, one with a bagpiper on the back, rolled slowly along the route, followed by an antique pumper truck carrying flag-waving children. The Catoctin-Aires Twirling Corps marched and twirled batons.


Civil War re-enactors and an antique car from Quincy Retirement Community, complete with a couple in period clothing riding in the rumble seat, added historical interest. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, waving from a float, delighted the children. Antique and classic cars carried local celebrities such as grand marshal David Bender, Miss Franklin County Ashley Eyer and Little Miss Franklin County Princess Katerra Winebrenner.

Shriners in fezzes drove tiny, one-man cars, turning circles and honking horns. The last miniature car in line towed a spare car in case of a breakdown.

"I'm the pit crew," its driver called to children along the route. The Zembo temple from Harrisburg, Pa., and the Ali Khan temple from Cumberland, Md., were represented.

Isaac, Anna and Elliott Swink had front-row seats on a blanket on the curb.

Their mother, Tina Swink of Waynesboro, said she brings the children to the parade every year. Isaac, 10, said he liked the Shriners best, as did Anna, 7. Elliott, 5, said he liked the firetrucks. All three children picked up candy tossed by marchers and had a sizable stash to take home.

Many residents of Rose Manor Assisted Living Residence viewed the parade from chairs and wheelchairs in front of the home.

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